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Warning for campers at Lake Roosevelt 4th of July weekend

Warning for campers at Lake Roosevelt 4th of July weekend

If you're headed to Lake Roosevelt for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, the Washington Bureau of Reclamation wants to make sure your campsite stays high and dry.

They're advising people camping along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline to be aware of potential dangers that could exist due to rapidly rising lake levels. The lake is impounded by Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane.

“When camping along the shoreline, it is recommended that tents and other belongings be kept well away from the water's edge,” said Public Affairs Officer Lynne Brougher. “Although the lake is a popular vacation spot, it is also a working reservoir that supplies water for hydroelectric facilities at Grand Coulee Dam which can result in rapid fluctuations.”

Brougher says campsites that are too close to the water's edge could potentially become flooded and boats that are not properly anchored or secured could drift out into the lake and become a safety hazard.

Firework sales blast off this weekend

Firework sales blast off this weekend

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and firework sales begin this weekend!

Washington State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to know the local laws before purchasing and discharging fireworks, and to make sure you are only using legal fireworks. This year, 937 licenses were issued for retail firework stands.

A fireworks ban has been in place in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County for 21 years, as well as Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney and Liberty Lake.

Fireworks are legal on private property in Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Deer Park.

Bottle rockets, missiles and firecrackers are illegal anywhere in Washington state.

In Coeur d'Alene, non-aerial fireworks are allowed on private property but not in public places like Tubbs Hill or City Park.

If you do find yourself in an area where fireworks are allowed, there are some guidelines you to keep in mind to make sure your family has a safe and fun Fourth.

Public comment sought on Browns Park Master Plan

Public comment sought on Browns Park Master Plan

From the City of Spokane Valley:

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).

Spokane Valley launches smart phone app

Spokane Valley launches smart phone app

The Spokane Valley has launched a new app designed to help visitors and residents get to know the city.


"The app was developed to help visitors as well as community members explore and enjoy Spokane Valley's unique features and qualities," said City of Spokane Valley Human Resources Director John Whitehead, who led the team that developed the app.

Library to throw a birthday party for Dr. Seuss

Library to throw a birthday party for Dr. Seuss

I just learned (thanks to the Spokane County Library District) that Theodore Geisel, (Dr. Seuss), wrote “The Cat in the Hat” because he was worried children weren't learning to read. A publisher challenged him to write a story first-graders can’t put down! (with the caveat that he had to limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words.)

Since “The Cat in the Hat” was first published in 1957, children have been learning to read with Dr. Seuss.

Spokane County libraries offer eReader assistance

Spokane County libraries offer eReader assistance

The Spokane County Library District wants to help you put the new tablet or eReader that you unwrapped on Christmas morning to good use. The Spokane Valley Library and the North Spokane Library are hosting two weekends of workshops to show Spokane County residents how to download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices.